Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions


Kurt Vonnegut

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Kilgore Trout’s only son. Leo is a grown man and has not seen or spoken to his father in years. He left home as a teenager and joined the military; at which time he wrote Kilgore a letter that read: “I pity you. You’ve crawled up your own asshole and died.” Years later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation knocks on Kilgore’s door and informs him that Leo has committed “high treason” and joined the Viet Cong (a communist political organization in Vietnam and Cambodia in the mid-twentieth century).
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Leo Trout Character Timeline in Breakfast of Champions

The timeline below shows where the character Leo Trout appears in Breakfast of Champions. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
The Destruction of the Planet Theme Icon
...“pessimism” that “overwhelms” his life and “destroys” three marriages and his relationship with his son, Leo. (full context)
Chapter 12
The Destruction of the Planet Theme Icon
...answers. Kilgore tells the driver about his son who “is a man now.” Kilgore’s son, Leo, left to join the military when he was a teenager, but he wrote Kilgore a... (full context)